Finch­ley’s farewell

The Jewish Chronicle - - CommunityNews -

THE FED­ER­A­TION’S Finch­ley Cen­tral Syn­a­gogue will next month bid farewell to Rabbi Zvi Tel­sner, its spir­i­tual leader for 23 years.

Amer­i­can-born Rabbi Tel­sner and his wife Miriam, who have 12 chil­dren, are go­ing to Melbourne, where he will take up a lead­ing role in the Chabad com­mu­nity, cur­rently headed by his fa­ther-in-law Rabbi Yitzhak Groner.

A se­lec­tion com­mit­tee has been ap­pointed to find a suc­ces­sor to Rabbi Tel­sner, who worked part-time at Finch­ley and part-time with Lubav­itch UK.

Finch­ley Syn­a­gogue pres­i­dent Mor­ris Re­ich told the JC that Rabbi Tel­sner had demon­strated tremen­dous com­mit­ment to the com­mu­nity: “He did virtu-

JAY GRENBY ally a full-time job for us on part-time pay, and it goes with­out say­ing that we will be very sorry to lose him.”

Rabbi Tel­sner, who has run and par­tic­i­pated in ed­u­ca­tional pro­grammes for the United Syn­a­gogue, was “not only a great scholar but also a pow­er­ful or­a­tor”, said Mr Re­ich.

The Finch­ley con­gre­ga­tion is ar­rang­ing a farewell party for their min­is­ter be­fore his mid-Fe­bru­ary de­par­ture.

Mr Re­ich said sev­eral can­di­dates were be­ing con­sid­ered “but af­ter Rabbi Tel­sner, we have high ex­pec­ta­tions”.

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